Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).


Spencer Award recognizes sustainability leaders

At the 9th Annual Iowa Water Conference, two leaders in sustainability were recognized with the 2014 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture: southeast Iowa farmer Steve Berger and Leigh Adcock, who is outgoing director of the Iowa-based Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN). "It's not too often that any of us get to recognize our fellow Iowans for extraordinary achievements they've earned over the years, so this is a real pleasure for me," said Bill Ehm before presenting the awards Berger and Adcock. Ehm represents the Iowa DNR on the Leopold Center Advisory Board. He is pictured on the far left with (from left to right) Berger, Adcock and Leopold Center Director Mark Rasmussen.

One of the largest and longest-running awards of its kind in Iowa, the Spencer Award recognizes farmers, teachers and researchers who have made significant contributtions to the environmental and economic stability of Iowa's family farms. Visit our Spencer Award page for information about the Spencer family that endowed the award and past recipients. Nominations for the 2015 award will be due June 8, 2015. Nomination materials will be available in April.